Sugar Substitutes

 

From EverydayHealth.com, here is an overview of sugar substitutes.  I personally if I can just avoid sugar and it’s substitutes if I have a choice.  Black coffee rather than double-double…but if I was a pop, maybe once a week, I’ll opt for diet.  Try fruit to naturally sweeten some things like desserts or oatmeal.

  •  Saccharin. This is the granddaddy of artificial sweeteners, first developed in 1879. It’s sold under the brand name Sweet’N Low and is 200 to 700 times sweeter than sugar. Many diet colas and other diet foods contain saccharin. It also is sold in packets for sweetening individual meals and in bulk for use in cooking.  Its safety: A 1970 study associated saccharin with bladder tumor growth in rats, so an eat-at-your-own-risk warning was added to its packaging. But the National Cancer Institute and the FDA have since concluded that saccharin does not pose a risk for bladder cancer in humans, so it is considered a safe sugar substitute for type 1 and type 2 diabetes diets. However, experts still recommend that pregnant women avoid saccharin.
  • Aspartame. This sweetener is sold under the brand names Equal and NutraSweet and is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. It is sold in packet and bulk form, but is not considered as useful in cooking because high heat reduces its sweetness.
    Its safety: While many anecdotal reports have linked aspartame to health conditions ranging from depression and headache to cancer, researchers have not found that the sweetener poses any health risk to people. The American Medical Association, American Diabetes Association, and the FDA have all come down in support of aspartame’s safety, and it can be used by people with any of the three types of diabetes. However, people with a disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU) should avoid it.
  • Sucralose. Sold under the brand name Splenda, this artificial sweetener is 600 times sweeter than sugar and is very useful in baking because granulated Splenda can be directly substituted for sugar in recipes.
    It safety: Because sucralose is newer, there are fewer long-range studies available regarding its safety. That said, it has FDA approval and is accepted by the American Diabetes Association for use by all three types of diabetics.
  • Acesulfame K (Sunett, Sweet One). This sweetener, which can be used for baking, can be found in many packaged goods and is 200 times sweeter than sugar.
    It safety: More than 90 studies showed acesulfame to be safe.
  • Neotame: This recently approved sweetener is about 8,000 times sweeter than sugar. It’s closely related to aspartame, but not yet widely used in the United States.
    Its safety: Although derived from aspartame, a chemical change makes this sweetener safe for those with PKU.
  • Stevia (Truvia, PureVia, SweetLeaf, Stevia in the Raw): The stevia plant is the basis of this sweetener, which is 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
    Its safety: Until recently, the FDA had banned stevia because of concern that it might cause reproductive problems in lab animals. But late in 2008, the FDA approved the purified part of the stevia leaf, known as rebaudioside A, for use as an additive in American food products. This form of stevia also is reported to have less of an aftertaste.
  • Agave nectar: This sweetener, produced from the agave plant, has just as many calories as sugar. But it is sweeter than sugar, so you use less, and it has much less direct impact on your blood sugar levels than either sugar or honey.  Its safety: Agave nectar is as safe as sugar.

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15 Recipes For Weight Loss

From Men’s Health email newsletter, click this link to go to their site and find 15 recipes for weight loss!

  1. Waffles with Ham and Egg
  2. Nachos with Chicken and Black Beans
  3. Chicken Fingers with Chipotle-Honey
  4. Crispy Quesadillas with Guacamole
  5. Spicy Potato Skins
  6. Chinese Chicken Salad
  7. Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Sandwich
  8. Green Chile Cheeseburger
  9. Cheesesteak Sandwich
  10. Grilled Pork and Peaches
  11. Grilled Steak with Red Wine Butter
  12. Loaded Alfredo with Chicken and Vegetables
  13. Macaroni & Cheese
  14. Chicken Parmesan
  15. Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic

PLUS Belly Busting tips here!

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Navigate the Holidays – Make Time For Exercise

From Chatelaine’s e-newsletter, tips on how to maintain a workout regime over the holidays.  I am going to visit my parents in the middle of nowhere (no gym near whatsoever) and have made up a workout plan consisting of bodyweight moves and time on a treadmill.

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Navigate the Holidays – Holiday Calorie Cutting

9 Recipes for a Health Thanksgiving Apply these ideas to Christmas dinner too!

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Control your cholesterol with this recipe!

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Drop 20 Pounds

From EverydayHealth.com, here are the 4 “Diet Truths” that you need to know and practise to lose weight. 

  • Cutting out sweet drinks is non-negotiable. Sweet tea, soda, and flavored and sweetened milks, waters, and coffees all have to go. Drink plain water, low-fat milk, and sugar-free drinks instead. A study of 810 adults between 25 and 79 years old showed that after 18 months, those who cut out sweet drinks had greater weight loss than those who cut down on food calories. One possible reason: While your body lets you know when it is full of food, there is no way for your body to tell you when you’ve maxed out on liquid calories.
  • Physical activity helps counting calories. Being physically active burns calories while it improves your overall health. Aim for 30 minutes a day most days of the week. A brisk 30- to 45-minute walk burns 100 to 200 calories. If you can burn 200 calories through exercise, you only have to cut out 300 calories in food or drink to reach your daily calorie-cutting goal.
  • Strategically eating less drops weight. A study of 811 overweight people who participated in four popular diets found that whether diets were low-fat, high-protein, or a combination didn’t matter — weight-loss success depends on cutting out calories. In fact, you can continue to eat filling portions if you simply replace high-calorie foods with low-calorie foods that contain a lot of water, such as fruits and vegetables. A study of 97 obese women who ate either a low-fat diet or a low-fat diet with additional fruits and vegetables found that those who emphasized fruits and veggies lost up to five pounds more.
  • Journaling leads to success. Counting calories is easier if you write down (or type in) what you eat, including serving sizes and details such as condiments you may have added. “Research has shown that exercise and journaling really make a difference in long-term weight management,” says Gail Curtis, assistant professor at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, N.C. A detailed journal will help you identify your successes and pinpoint where you can cut additional calories or replace high-calorie foods with low-calorie ones.

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The Snack App

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Ab Lounger (Ab Lounge)

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I am wondering if using an Ab Lounger will provide a good exercise on the days that I am not riding a bike or walking to lose extra weight?

A:  The Ab Lounger — a piece of exercise equipment regularly advertised on television — uses resistance training to create a “fancy” sit-up that helps to tighten and tone abdominal muscles. It is not going to burn a significant amount of calories, however, and thus does not significantly contribute to weight loss.The Ab Lounger is NOT a substitute for bike riding, walking, or other aerobic activities that burn calories effectively. To lose weight — and more importantly, keep it off — you need to exercise at a moderate intensity for about 200 to 300 minutes per week. Walking and bike riding are two great examples of moderately-intense exercises.

 

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Baby Food Is Fattening

So I guess this is bad news for the “Baby Food Diet”.  This study shows that baby food is high is fat, calories, sugar and salt.  Mmmm just what baby needs..NOT!  (Sorry, I watched Wayne’s World today). 

Check out the story here!

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Can I Fix My Metabolism?

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I’ve tried every diet under the sun in my life, and I’m really afraid I’ve ruined my metabolism. I seem to gain weight no matter what I eat now! Is there any way to fix this?

A:  This is such a good question — I’m so glad you asked! Many people suffer from the backlash that can result from years of yo-yo diets. What happens is this: When people let their calorie levels drop too low, their body’s survival mechanism kicks in, lowering their metabolic set point (or basal metabolic rate). When they go off that crash diet and begin to eat normally again, they gain back any weight lost — plus. And what follows that? Yup, another crash diet.The cycle is often very frustrating, but it CAN be reversed with time, consistency, and patience. What you’ll need to do is the exact opposite of what we call shocking the metabolism; you have to allow your body time to adapt to a new metabolic set point — by being consistent, you’ll force your body to adapt.

Okay, here’s the game plan: First, set your daily caloric intake at 12 calories per pound of body weight. (For example, my weight is 117; 117 x 12 = 1,404 calories a day.) Then stick like glue to that calorie allowance for at least one to two months, depending on your metabolism. This will allow your body time to readjust your metabolic set point accordingly.

Now, here’s the other part of the equation: The absolute best way to pump up your metabolism is to EXERCISE. You’ll be burning calories not only during your workout but also up to 48 hours after — all the while increasing lean muscle tissue, which speeds the metabolism over the long term. Aim for five hours of exercise a week if possible, but no fewer than three hours a week

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Men’s Health: Gym Snacks

High in protein and convenient!  Eat before and after your workout for extra muscle building…protein to your muscles when they need it.

  1. Chicken, tuna, turkey (from a can) with a piece of bread or wrap
  2. Hard boiled eggs
  3. Chocolate milk
  4. Whey powder (just add water!)
  5. Greek yogurt

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